Plans for care home in Cadbury Heath

December 01 2017
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MORE than 100 jobs will be created in Cadbury Heath if plans for a 64-bed care home are given the go-ahead.

MORE than 100 jobs will be created in Cadbury Heath if plans for a 64-bed care home are given the go-ahead.

Contracts have now been signed between Brunelcare and Brackley Investments for a proposed care home in Earlstone Crescent, which would be named Little Heath.

Proposals also feature a 24-bed reablement service which will give support to people who leave hospital but are not yet ready to return home.

The plans include demolishing the former council-owned Newton House care home, the Heath Resource Centre and outbuildings to make way for the bespoke facilities.

If planning permission is granted, Brackley Investments will develop the buildings to Brunelcare’s specification, which the charity will then lease from them on a 25-year term.

It is hoped that the new care home and reablement service will be up and running within two years.

Kevin Fairman, CEO Brunelcare, said: "We will be able to increase the number of care home places Brunelcare currently provides for people in the South West region by 20 per cent, along with expanding our already successful reablement service, supporting people returning home from hospital. 

"This development will also provide over 100 new job opportunities, for both our existing employees and new recruits, when we recruit to run this new service."

Jeff Moore, principal director of Brackley Investments, said: "Brackley are thrilled to be continuing our investment in care home development in South Gloucestershire – our fourth development in the area and our first for Brunelcare. 

"We’re honoured to have been chosen as the Trust’s development partner for this prestigious proposal and our local design team look forward to working with Brunelcare in securing planning permission and delivering this bespoke facility for the people of Cadbury Heath at the earliest opportunity."

Cllr Ben Stokes, cabinet member responsible for adult care at South Gloucestershire Council, said: "I am pleased to see that early proposals for the former council-owned site include a reablement facility, as well as a care home, which would provide vital support to people to aid their recovery after an illness which required a hospital stay. 

"There are a lot of initiatives to help reduce placements into care homes, however with the number of people aged 65 and over set to rise it was a condition of the sale that the land be developed for care use only. This is the third time the council has done this, with other sites at Yate and Kingswood brought forward in recent years."